Fine Markneukirchen Violin by Johann Gottlob Pfretzschner, 1810
Complex, carrying, radiant
The Pfretzschner family were well known dealers and producers of fine-quality German bows, violins, and other string instruments. Active from 1700 until the 1930’s, the family were important contributors in establishing the reputation of instruments from the Markneukirchen area.
Called the “German Cremona” by violin maker Ludwig Gläsel Jr., Markneukirchen was the home of – and the venue for training – several international violin makers and violin-making masters. This violin is a fine example of JG Pfretzschner as a true craftsman at the height of the German violin making renaissance.
This antique violin has beautifully shaped corners, which are typical of the Markneukirchen tradition of violin making. The single piece of maple chosen for the back highlights the attractive grain and elegant arching of the wood. The red brown varnish throughout is darkened and heavily shaded, creating a beautiful contrast and depth to the colors. Superficial marks are merely evidence of a rich history of use - the instrument is in wonderful condition. The small, delicate and decorated scroll is another characteristic of its provenance. It is beautifully inlaid with ivory.
The sound has unfolded over time, resulting in a complex tone that complements the aesthetic beauty of the violin. It is easy to play and carries sound well, with a radiant top end.
The label reads: Johann Gottlob Pfretzschner, prope Violino car Respontent, Romani Cremona, 17. The violin is in excellent condition.
Upper Bouts: 16.4cm
Middle Bouts: 11.4cm
Lower Bouts: 20.2cm